EDUCATION OUTREACH

Each year, the Reno Gem and Mineral Society’s Educational Outreach Team presents a program to local schools, aimed at developing an interest for minerals and earth sciences. 2019 saw the “World of Rocks and Minerals” presented by society members Rachel Carroll, Sven Sander, Kate Tangren, Bobbi Metzger, San Knipmeyer, and Steve Norman. We reached a total of 1,545 students across 52 classrooms in 18 schools, as well as a Scout troop, 4 libraries, 2 Outdoor Experience camps and 2 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) classrooms. While the audience is mainly children, adults were able to participate at the libraries, outdoor experience camps, and OLLI classrooms. Each group was given a rock as a gift, some of which were provided by John Peterson, Sam Knipmeyer and Alan Metzger, then put together and labeled by Steve Rose. Lorrie Peterson presented “Introduction of Agates” to the two OLLI classes, while Dale Sworthout handed out postcards, and Webb Varnum distributed “Stay-Out of Mines” flyers, literature, and other novelties for students, that he picked up at the Nevada Division of Minerals.